Privacy Policy

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles understands that you care how information about you is used and shared. We appreciate your trust. We will protect your privacy and use any information submitted through our Web site carefully and sensibly.

We respect each site visitor's right to personal privacy. To that end, we collect and use information throughout our Website only as disclosed in this Privacy Policy. This statement applies to information collected on websites operated or managed by the Administrative Offices of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Websites operated by Parishes, Schools and other affiliated entities may have different Privacy Policies so be sure to read them when you visit their sites.


How does the Archdiocese protect personal information?

When you submit a form, or make a contribution or purchase, we offer the use of a secure server. We encrypt all information you input before it is sent to us. Furthermore, all of the data we collect is protected against unauthorized access. This means that authorized Archdiocesan staff or bank employees/systems will be able to read your information. Your credit card information is protected and secure when used on our site.

Our Web server and certain trusted third party tools may automatically recognize information regarding your IP address, domain or e-mail address. This information is not viewed individually, but is used to automatically compile statistics through a software program. The statistical information we collect may be used to:

  • improve the content and organization of our Web site
  • create new features and/or content on our site to meet the patterns of use indicated by statistical analysis
  • provide general statistical information, e.g. the number of visitors to the site and most-viewed pages
  • Personalize services and advertisements in order to provide a better user experience

Some features of this website may site use cookies, a file deposited on your computer to record information for your next visit. This information is recorded if you choose to alter your page viewing preference (for example, to choose large type), so that when you return your viewing preferences are intact, or if you choose to keep log-in information on your computer. At any time you can clear these cookies in your browser’s preferences (or tools) menu. You can also choose to opt out of cookie usage. Please see our Cookie Policy for more information on usage and to manage your cookie settings. 

Our website uses the following tools to collect statistical information about browsing behaviour and device or browser information, in order to improve the experience of our website and deliver personalized ads:


How do I opt out of statistical data collection?

Google Analytics

To opt out of Google Analytics data collection, you can install this tool.

Google AdSense

See our Cookie Policy for information on opting out of personalized advertising for AdSense and third-party vendors.

If you have submitted data on our site, you have the right to access, change or request erasion of data collected by our web server at any time. Please fill out this form to request a file of your submitted personal data. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you via this form.


How Long does the Archdiocese Store Data For?

Personally, information submitted directly on our website through a form is stored indefinitely, or until manual deletion is requested.

Data collected by Google for statistical and personalization purposes is retained for 50 months before being deleted automatically. More information about Google’s data retention policy can be found here.


Will the Archdiocese disclose private information it collects to outside parties?

If you supply the Archdiocese with your e-mail address you may receive periodic e-mail messages from us providing information and updates about the Church, our Web site, or notice of upcoming events and activities. In each case when you submit a form, you will be given the option not to receive such communication. If you mistakenly receive any communication you do not want to receive, please respond to the e-mail with a request to be removed from the list, and your request will be promptly fulfilled. We do not make the e-mail addresses of those who access our site available to other organizations nor do we sell this information to anyone.

If you supply the Archdiocese with your postal address on-line you may receive periodic postal mailings from us providing information on the Church, our Web site, or upcoming events or activities. If you do not wish to receive such postal mailings, please let us know by returning the mail to the originating department as “refused” and your name will be removed from the mailing list.

Persons who supply the Archdiocese with telephone numbers on-line may be assured that his or her telephone number will be kept in confidence by the Archdiocese and used only for the purpose for which you supplied it. Phone numbers will not shared with other organizations.

Where is my information stored?

Depending on the type of information you have submitted, your data will either be stored securely in a database on our server; or in the database of our trusted third-party partners, if data was directly submitted by you for a particular purpose on our website. These third-party partners include:

  1. MailChimp – for email mailing list subscriptions;
  2. Google – for statistical and personalization information;
  3. Facebook – for statistical and personalization information;
  4. Third-party ad vendors – through the usage of cookies and regulated by our Cookie Policy.

Information stored by these third-parties is protected by and subject to their privacy policy. You can find their policies at the links below:

MailChimp   Google   Facebook

Depending on your what IP address you visit this website from, any information which you consented to provide may be transferred to a location outside of the country or region you are located in. Data will only be transferred to either:

  1. a) our servers (located in the US);
  2. b) trusted third-party partners, as indicated in the above section, which we determine to have adequate transparency and security parameters in place for the protection, storage and accessibility of your data (third party servers may be located in various countries).


How is the Archdiocese equipped to protect against a data breach?

Our servers and website infrastructure are kept up to date to protect against a data breach via a third party attack.

In the unlikely event of a breach where your stored data is, or may have been compromised, we will inform you within 24 hours after becoming aware of the data breach, and provide you with our action(s) taken in order to protect your data moving forward.

Note that due to a multitude of different vulnerabilities which are present during the submission of data and are outside of our control (local computer viruses, unsecured/compromised internet connections, etc.), we cannot guarantee and are not responsible for compromised data which occurs during the submission of data and as the result of such factors outside of our control. However, once the data has been submitted and is stored in our infrastructure, we ensure that the data is responsibly held and secured.


Data Controller & Data Protection Officer

The data controller is the organization/entity responsible for the protection of information on and submitted to this website. The data controller is the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Complaints, concerns or requests will be fielded by the Data Protection Officer who can be reached by filling out a request on this form.


What is the difference between private and personal information?

Personal information is considered to be names, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, date of birth and any demographic or preferential information you may disclose for the purposes of online interaction, identification or participation in any Archdiocesan program or event.

Private information is considered to be financial information such as credit card or bank account information, social security numbers, health information, immigration status, communication indicated as confidential, or any information that is not routinely collected as a condition of participation in Archdiocesan programs or events.

The Archdiocese assigns a higher priority and a greater level of protection to private information over personal information.


What is not covered by this privacy policy?

All clergy (deacons, priests and bishops), mental health professionals, educators and many employees of the Archdiocese or Church institutions are legally-mandated reporters of suspected sexual abuse, child abuse, child neglect and elder abuse. California law requires such mandated reporters to report possible instances of these offenses to law enforcement agencies. Any disclosures of this nature are not covered by this privacy policy.

Requests by law enforcement agencies for information about site users deemed by Archdiocesan legal counsel to be legitimate and not in violation of constitutional principles will be supplied to law enforcement agencies.

Any user of this site indicating, threatening, admitting to or representing an act in violation of the law on this site or through an e-mail link contained on this site will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Articles on this site may occasionally include embedded content from YouTube. Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. Because we do not control the information policies or practices of YouTube, you can review their privacy policy to learn more about how they collect and use personally identifiable information.

We may also provide links to third-party websites. While on these sites, these parties may collect information about you. Because we do not control the information policies or practices of these third parties, you should review their privacy policies to learn more about how they collect and use personally identifiable information.


What if I have a problem?

If at any time you believe the Archdiocese has violated this privacy policy, we encourage you to contact us at [email protected] so that we may quickly resolve the issue.


Your Consent

By using our Web site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by the Archdiocese. Should we ever change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.

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